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Is there anyone you know in the eastern half of the country not lamenting about the cold? I don't think I've started a conversation in the last two months with anything other than a litany of woes related to the arctic cold that has gripped so much of the nation.
If my dog could talk he'd have had plenty to complain about too, as I couldn't muster the nerve the take him out for his usual long walks when the days began at frigid temperatures. And while, yes, it's been unusually cold for a protracted amount of time, I have to wonder why I'm always so shocked when — gasp! Every year it seems to come as an utter surprise that I need to bundle up come January.
And, like many Americans, I want to hibernate as soon as the holiday festivities are over, wistfully dreaming of sunshine and blue skies as I count the days till spring. But what if there were another way to spend winter? What if we could look at it as a season to enjoy, even embrace? Sound impossible? Norway Fulbright grant. She went to study wintertime mindset above the Arctic Circle, a part of the world where winter reaches Game of Thrones proportions.
That's certainly why I went to study — how can they be this happy when it's cold and dark? So what can we learn from the Nordic embrace of their long winter to help us get through our, come on, admittedly shorter and usually tamer cold months? It's much easier to see cold weather as an inconvenience when we won't actually acknowledge it, says Leibowitz.
In Norway, people dress appropriatelyLeibowitz says. Their winter clothes are actual winter clothes that protect them from the cold and let them be outside in the snow and teeny digit temps. Since returning from her arctic studies, Leibowitz slides a pair of woolen leggings under her jeans before she he out in the Jersey cold, she says. They also do things like, oh, insulate their houses sufficiently in northern climates.
I might not be whining so much about my freezing, drafty old house if we'd invested in some serious insulation! Instead of looking at winter as something to be endured, Leibowitz says, Norwegians really lean into it. Of course with summers there likely to be rainy, cold, and drizzly, winter really is the best season. Cold weather is no excuse to stay indoors in Norway, Leibowitz says. Where there's snow there's skiing. Where's there's bracing cold air there are invigorating walks. And look, how much better will that hot drink and fireplace be when you've come in from an active day in that oh-so-crisp air!?
While we're over here with cabin fever cursing the sub-zero wind chill they're having a blast romping around their winter wonderland. And to be fair, it is quite the wonderland — from fjords to the magical Northern Lights, they do live in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth.
Quick: if it's too cold and snowy to leave the house, do you have to stay home, or do you get to stay home?
It's not just the Norwegians who get this — ask any kid who has a snow day. No talk of Scandi approach to winter would be complete with talk of hyggethe Danish word encompassing all things cozy, warm, snuggly, and intimate — whether that's a crackling fire, fuzzy socks or cup of hot chocolate with your beloved. Derived from a Norwegian word meaning wellbeing, the idea of hygge — known as koselig in Norway — is certainly a necessity, Leibowitz says, in such dark and cold climates.
But just importing the notion itself won't cut it.
So if you really want to stop worrying and love winter, start channeling your inner Viking. And bundle up and get outside. Want more tips like these? IE 11 is not supported.
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